Firestone Battle of the Bands Competition!

The Firestone Music Tour returns to Vantastival with an exciting Battle of the Bands

We are thrilled to announce the return of the European Firestone Music Tour to Vantastival this year, with an opportunity for unsigned bands to win a coveted prize worth up to €4,000 in a new ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition.  12 up-and-coming Irish acts from within Co. Louth and its bordering county of Monaghan have been shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to take part. An online public vote over the next two weeks will reduce the initial 12 acts to five, who will then participate in a live final at Odd Mollies in Drogheda on May 11th.

The winning band, which will be chosen by an expert judging panel comprising journalist Tony Clayton-Lea and award-winning Today FM sound engineer Gavin Blake, as well as Vantastival and Firestone representatives, will receive a significant prize package including three days of recording at well-known Grouse Lodge Recording Studios in Co. Westmeath – with band accommodation included – and an €1,800 voucher for well known Dublin music store, Musicmaker. They will also be featured as the headline act on the Firestone Music Station stage at Vantastival 2017 and as a Main Stage act at Vantastival in 2018. All 12 bands taking part in the competition will feature on the Firestone Stage at this year’s festival.

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Line-up additions and stages announced!


Andy Smith (ex. Portishead), The Eskies, Fish Go Deep and Blood and Fire Sound System feat. MC Brother Culture have just added to this year’s line up! DJ Andy Smith made his name as Portishead’s international tour DJ and his sampling formed the basis of the band’s unique sound. He is an underground producer of some of the most irresistible hip-hop breaks-based music around and has a strong cult following. Andy will close the woodland stage with a late night set on Saturday 3rd June. The Eskies have been busy bringing their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to venues across Europe over the past couple of years, and return to Vantastival for the first time in 4 years! Dom Blood and Fire Sound System has also been added to the bill featuring original Rasta MC Brother Culture, while producer duo Fish Go Deep from Cork will headline BackwardS, a new late night area in the woods at Beaulieu, where DJs will keep revellers dancing till the very early hours.

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Boutique Camping with Yippee Tents


Yippee Tents are providing a range of luxury camping options at Vantastival in a special Glamping Village this year.  Enjoy a bit of extra comfort over the weekend with a bell tent set apart from the general camping and full weekend access to Vantastival’s VIP Bar!

Book now to avoid disappointment. Full details and booking info can be found here.

Line Up 2017 – First Acts Announced!

Vantastival 2017 Lineup Poster


We are thrilled to announce the renewal of our partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles this year, and brand ambassadors The Riptide Movement will headline the Volkswagen Main Stage on Saturday 3rd June!

Choice Music Prize nominees Overhead, The Albatross, exceptional Dublin folk four-piece Lankum (formerly Lynched), and the inimitable Kíla are also on the line up for this year’s festival. Add to those a  load of exciting up-and-coming indie acts including MINDRIOT, Heroes In Hiding, Corner Boy and Orchid Collective, and with many more acts still to be announced, this year’s festival is shaping up to be a cracker!

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